I had this thought pondering in my mind the other day. The Phoenix is a favorite Christian symbol of mine. It was used by Clement, one of the first church fathers. If you know your mythology, the Phoenix is said to die and then from the fiery explosion of its death, a new Phoenix would arise. In other words, the Phoenix always rose from its own ashes.
Let me ask you this question. What if you were a Phoenix? Alright. Just think about it. See how you would reply to this question.
Would you be afraid of death?
I think the answer is no. You wouldn’t be. Why? Because you know you’ll just come right back from it! What is there to be afraid of?
So what does that have to do with Christianity?
Well, let’s ask some questions.
If you knew that the one you serve is all-powerful and knows the beginning from the end, would you fear anything past, present, or future?
If you knew that your sins were truly forgiven, would you live in misery of the past?
If you knew that God was true in all he said, would you ever sin?
If you knew that you are loved by the perfect one, would you think more properly of yourself?
If you knew that Jesus rose from the dead and promised the same for you, would you fear death?
If you knew that you are an image-bearer of God, would you live like one?
These are all questions we can ask. For that reason, I’m going to keep my blog short tonight. If you were a Phoenix, you wouldn’t fear death. You and I are all these other things. Should we not seek to live accordingly?